Nigerian Chinelo Okparanta wins US short story prize

Chinelo Okparanta. Photo/
Chinelo Okparanta. Photo/

Nigerian writer Chinelo Okparanta is one of the winners of the short fiction 2014 O. Henry Prize.

The O Henry Prize was established in 1919 to “strengthen the art of the short story and to stimulate younger authors.” Some of the more well known winners of the prize include Alice Munro who won the Nobel Prize for literature last year, Stephen King and John Updike.

This years edition winners who are 20 in number were chosen by Laura Furman and their stories will be collected into a single volume, published as an Anchor Books trade paperback original on September 9.

Chinelo Okparanta who was born in Port Harcourt who is also a Granta contributor first came on the radar of some of us when she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2013. Since then the went on to unleash her collection of short stories Happiness Like Water published by Mariner Books.

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